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Despite the likely rise in his blood pressure, Mayfield head football coach Joe Morris was glad to play a game last week in which his team had to work to find a way to win.

“We’re always happy with a win, but we beat a really good team last week,” Morris said on Tuesday. “We are playing our best football of the year right now.”

Indeed, the Cardinals have found their groove and enter this week’s state semifinal matchup against DeSales on a nine-game winning streak after defeating Owensboro Catholic 24-13 in last week’s class 2A quarterfinals.

“That was a tough game, but a good one for us," Morris said. "We had to fight. It was tied 7-7 for a while, and then it was just a one-score game until we were able to push it out to 17-7.”

After facing class 2A’s leading passer last week in Owensboro Catholic’s Ray Zuberer, the Cardinals will have to shift focus to stopping the run this week against DeSales. The Colts, as a team, average 232 yards per game on the ground and have three different backs that have run for over 500 yards on the season. A lot of that success, Morris says, is due to excellent play from the Colts’ big offensive line.

“If you take out their center, their offensive line averages about 280 pounds,” the veteran head coach added, “but, we’ve faced that before. We’re going to have to use our quickness. We know we’ve got our hands full.”

Offensively for Mayfield, last week was business as usual. Quarterback Landon Arnett did throw a couple of interceptions, but made up for it with a pair of touchdown throws. Tailback Trajon Bright continued his excellent play since returning from injury, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown on 28 attempts. 

If Arnett and the Cardinals offense struggle to get anything going on Friday, Morris isn’t afraid to turn to standout placekicker Sidney Herndon, who booted a school-record 49-yard field goal last week.

“We’re comfortable with him from fifty yards and in,” Morris said of Herndon. “He really is an asset. He punts the ball really well, too. Last week, against one of the best punt returners we have seen in a long time, Sid punted away from him really well and our guys were able to cover it.”

With a win on Friday night, the Cardinals will advance to an unprecedented seventh consecutive state championship game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. at War Memorial Stadium.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Tanner Griggs has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season after a positive test for amphetamine under baseball's minor league drug program.

A 21-year-old right-hander, Griggs was selected in the 12th round of the 2014 amateur draft. He was 1-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 14 relief appearances this year for Eugene of the Class A Northwest League and the Arizona League Cubs, striking out 19 and walking 10 in 18 innings.

The suspension, announced Wednesday by the commissioner's office, was the 99th this year under the minor league program.

Frederick Edmond scored 16 points and Justin Johnson added 13 on 6-of-8 shooting to lead Western Kentucky past Central Michigan 88-60 Tuesday.

Rayshawn Simmons made a bucket to pull Central Michigan within two, 17-15, midway through the first half but back-to-back layups by Johnson sparked a 19-4 Western Kentucky run to close the half.

The Hilltoppers (3-2) led by as many as 36 in the second half.

Central Michigan (2-2) made just 8 of 34 (23.5 percent) field goals, including 2 of 15 from 3-point range, in the first half. The Chippewas didn't score after a dunk by DaRohn Scott with 5:59 left before the break.

Braylon Rayson scored 13, on 5-of-20 shooting, and Austin Stewart added 10 points for Central Michigan, which was without injured guard Chris Fowler — the program's all-time assist leader.

Western Kentucky recorded 21 assists on 31 field goals while shooting 53 percent overall.

Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri scored third-period goals, and the St. Louis Blues came back to beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Monday night.

Jake Allen made 24 saves in the win, the Blues' second against Buffalo in the last week.

David Legwand scored for the Sabres, winless in their last five games.

Legwand took advantage of Nicolas Deslauriers' hard forecheck, snaring a loose puck from behind the net and sliding it off Allen's pad and across the goal line at 16:45 of the second period.

Buffalo missed two good chances to double its lead early in the third, including when Brian Gionta put an in-close shot off the crossbar.

Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in his second shutout of the season and the New York Rangers beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 Monday night for their ninth straight victory at home.

Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 10 games overall and improved to 16-3-2. New York's 34 points are tied with Dallas and Montreal for most in the NHL.

The shutout was the 57th in regular-season play for Lundqvist and his second against Nashville.

Pekka Rinne made 19 saves for the Predators, who fell to 11-6-3 with their third straight shutout loss.

Nashville hasn't scored in a franchise-record 213 minutes, 47 seconds, since Miikka Salmomaki's goal at 6:13 of the second period in a 3-2 win over Anaheim last Tuesday.